Fugitive Wife

Fugitive Wife

by Peter C. Brown


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“All about passion, whether for . . . romance or adventure, this sweeping debut renders poetically the dynamics of desire.”—Kirkus Reviews

The year is 1900 in gold-prospecting Alaska. Essie, a Midwestern farm girl fleeing from a stormy marriage, joins up with prospectors bound for Nome, where the golden sands teem with dreamers, schemers, and high rollers. When Leonard, Essie's stubborn and volatile husband, travels north, astonishing scenes of pursuit, sacrifice, and crucial decision rise to a conclusion that is both surprising and inevitable. Powerfully evoking a past world and the variable territory of the heart, this novel establishes Peter C. Brown as a consummate storyteller. Reading group guide included.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393329759
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/22/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,190,314
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Peter C. Brown’s grandfather was a prospector, the engineer for a gold-mining company in Nome, Alaska. Brown is a retired business consultant, and he and his wife live in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Fugitive Wife 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
litelady-ajh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good historical fiction about gold prospecting in Alaska in 1900. You can tell that a man was the author; too much information about the process of gold mining to suit me; but still a book worth reading!
Atomicmutant on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, and this sort of novel isn't usually my thing. I thought the characters were quirky and engaging, almost Dickensian. The story took enough odd detours that kept the pages turning. I also found the detail about that period, farm life, sea life, and the conditions in Nome, Alaska compelling and vivid. Definitely recommended.
Vermonter17032 More than 1 year ago
I read this novel a few years ago, but loved it enough to check in to see if the author had written anything new (sadly, it doesn't appear so). But I am happy to add a very hearty recommendation. The heroine of this novel is one of the best characters I've ever encountered in 40 years as an avid reader.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't get this book if your main goal is reading about Alaska--that's what nonfiction is for. Buy this book because you love a good, well-told story, because you're addicted to complex, complicated, compelling characters. The Fugitive Wife is a superior novel, wrought with some of the most gorgeous language being crafted in contemporary fiction. The fact that you get lots of juicy inside-info on the history of gold mining in Alaska at the turn of the century is icing on the cake of this pulse- pounding adventure. But the true adventure involves the life or death leaps of the human heart, the risk-taking of trusting your instincts, the thrill-ride of giving yourself over to love that answers back as selflessly as it's given. For the cover price of this book, you get in return a journey you'll never forget, with characters who will stay with you long after the last page is turned.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I too enjoyed this book, recommended to me by a bookstore owner whose opinion I trust. The plot moves along the characters are well-drawn,and the setting seems to be historically accurate. Furthermore, the ending is satisfying and not 'happily ever after.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is so much to savor here I know I'll read THE FUGITIVE WIFE again. With the authority of careful research and the grace of a gifted storyteller, Peter Brown gives us a window to history, a love triangle, an unforgettable tale. He parcels out the narrative, telling just enough to make the three main characters, Essie, Nate and Leonard, vivid and compelling, while holding back pieces we're both itching and afraid to know. We meet Guppy Totman, Plug Jefferson and so many other zany souls, Charles Dickens could take a lesson. Brown guides us expertly through century-old worlds of farming, trapping, chicken husbandry, mining and more. His language is rich and in tune with its time, and I stopped often to read a beautifully crafted paragraph twice, or three times. 'Abiding.' Watch for this pitch-perfect, one-word sentence. The countless, lyrical phrases Brown finds to describe the sky, water, ships setting sail. Nuggets of heart-baring insight, dug deep from emotionally restrained characters. And humor. You will laugh out loud at the 'five erect fingers of mortuary fortune,' and more. I'll warn you: a very creepy snake inhabits this novel. And, like the rest of THE FUGITIVE WIFE, Peter Brown brings it masterfully to life.